Everything I Never Told You

Version: Unabridged
Author: Celeste Ng
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Suspense, Literature, Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2014
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 2 minutes
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Overview

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet …

So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’ case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family, Hannah, who observes far more than anyone realizes—and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Reviews (7)

Written by Latoya L. on August 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

When your family wants a certain life for you and you want the total opposite. Living the life your mother wants/wanted for you haunted Marilyn. she always wanted to go be a doctor but her mother wanted her to marry a man from Harvard and be a housewife. She failed home economics and took woodwork, got accepted to Harvard and was belittled by the men, but she overcame all of it until, she met her professor James. James a Chinese man was different, and that alone made Marilyn want him more. She dropped out of his class and they began dating, before she knew it she got lost in James and forgot about her dreams and aspirations. They hot married, had kids, ya know the usual. When she realized what she'd done, it became too much and she left, fled to Toledo got an apartment and enrolled back to college. She was gone for months without telling her husband and kids nothing. The thing is, the very thing she hated about her mother, she did the same to her daughter lydia. So much happened in this book, things started to unravel, bit by bit. Nath, and Hannah were lydia siblings. Nath got admitted to college, James had an affair with his secretary, James left his family, But most of all Lydia died..... #book39and2019 #whenpeoplethinkyourfamilyisperfect #theyhavenoidea #bookworm #whatsnext

Everything I Never Told You

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on April 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book, “Everything I Never Told You” brings up bad mother-daughter memories. Often it is our inability to express our hurt that makes hurl the easiest insult. “You married a Chinese man I will no longer talk to you!” Instead of saying, “Oh darling, you quit school. I know are excited now, but your heart was set on being a doctor. When the excitement settles--and it will, you will still want to be a doctor. It will be so hard for you to become a doctor then. It is hard for me to be happy with you. I am sad. I can’t show you I’m sad on your wedding day.” My mom felt the same way. I quit school to get married as well. The happy news was that for me it ended well. I was tangled in blankets and discombobulated. Mom helped me calm down enough to sort the covers out and set up the laptop. We can still talk. Please see lookup the book in Goodreads to see the whole review.

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Written by Eulalio S. on September 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A decent read for someone in high school. lot of symbolism in the book but overall a tragic story about parents abuse to thier daughter

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Written by Rodney B on March 10th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

So, I read “Little Fires Everywhere” and loved it so much that I couldn’t wait to listen to this book. It was well written but it was the most depressing book that I’ve ever read or listened to.

Written by Nancy K on August 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Cassandra Campbell's narrations; she is wonderful. This book was mediocre and rambling. Still, there was lots of good insight into family dysfunction.

Written by Panda Jan on August 11th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

bored, liveless, stereotyping, all description no conversation. I heard to learn English.

Written by Maria Buck on June 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Sophomoric writing of a story that lacks depth and complexity.

Author Details

Author Details

Ng, Celeste

CELESTE NG grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.